Landmark Austell restaurant damaged by fire

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A long-standing Austell landmark and restaurant has been damaged by an overnight fire.

Dolly's Farmhouse Restaurant, located on the 300 block of Austell Road in Cobb County, was heavily damaged by flames overnight.

Owner Tony Ashcraft told FOX 5 it was awful to watch his life-long work go up in smoke.

"It's been a lifelong dream of mine – I've been a chef for 35 years – to have a restaurant like this," Ashcraft said. "Three years ago I was afforded the opportunity, and it's heartbreaking to wake up to a phone call that 'Your restaurant's on fire.'"

Firefighters believe the fire started in a back kitchen of the business.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.